March 19, 2018


Telkom Secures Approval to Act as a Payment Service Provider in Kenya

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has approved Telkom Kenya as a payment service provider (PSP), becoming the third firm to be allowed to conduct such a business after Safaricom and Airtel, Business Daily Africa reported.

Early last week, Telkom Kenya reopened its mobile cash unit T-Kash, eyeing a slice of the country’s lucrative mobile money market.

In a statement"...

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March 18, 2018


Tech and telecom sector in Africa to thrive in 2018 and 2019

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the technology and telecommunication sectors in Africa and the Middle East will more than quadruple in 2018, from 2017. This is according to Baker McKenzie’s Global Transaction Forecast, developed in association with Oxford Economics. The report shows that M&A in the tech and telecoms sector in Africa and the Middle East was valued at US$1 .2 billion in 2017. This is predicted to increase to US$5.9 billion in 2018 and a further US$5.9 billion in 2019, before decreasing"...

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March 17, 2018


Nigerians prefer mobiles phones to computers in online shopping, Jumia report

A recent report on the Nigerian Mobile Sector by Africa’s leading e-commerce company Jumia, has revealed an 11% increase in the number of Nigerians who visited the Jumia Website via their mobile phones, 79% in 2017 versus 71% in 2016.

Meanwhile, those who used their desktop computers or laptops dipped to 18% in 2017 compared with 29% in 2016.

The report also shows"...

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March 16, 2018


GSMA Outlines New Developments for Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018

(AETOS Wire) -- The GSMA today highlighted new developments for the 2018 GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including the first confirmed conference speakers, and co-located events, as well as new exhibitors, partners and sponsors. Mobile World Congress Shanghai will take place 27-29 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

“Across the show, attendees will have the opportunity to"...

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March 14, 2018


Vodacom adds new network sites in rural areas to improve coverage

Vodacom has deployed new network sites in deep rural areas of Umhlabuyalingana Municipality, KwaZulu Natal.

This follows the call by the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele for the country’s mobile network providers to help improve network coverage in rural areas.

Vodacom’s pursuit to accelerate network coverage for people who"...

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March 14, 2018


Liquid Telecom selects Metaswitch for pan African voice and unified communications service expansion

Pan African telecoms group Liquid Telecoms has selected Metaswitch solutions, including its Clearwater vIMS Core, Perimeta vSBC, Service Assurance Server (SAS) and Multiservice Telephony Application Servers (MTAS) products as the basis of an extensive voice service expansion across six countries in Africa.

The network will also support deployment of the Metaswitch Accession Communicator unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) application.


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March 13, 2018


Findings Presented from State of Smoking Survey of More than 17,000 People Worldwide

(AETOS Wire) -- Media worldwide are invited to attend a press event announcing the results of the 2018 State of Smoking Survey, a study commissioned by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World that aims to better understand why people smoke, what motivates smokers to want to quit, and what makes quitting difficult. It also seeks to find commonalities and differences among smokers worldwide to help shape the development of better approaches for tobacco harm reduction and smoking cessation"...

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March 13, 2018


TNS Launches 4G Roaming Support for Mobile POS Terminals

(AETOS Wire)-- Global 4G roaming coverage for mobile point-of-sale (POS) terminals has become more accessible today thanks to the launch of an enhanced solution from Transaction Network Services (TNS). TNS’ Global Wireless Access (GWA) solution can now support 4G roaming in more than 60 countries around the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) solution for POS terminals provides comprehensive international coverage and is currently used by retailers and deployers of large POS terminal estates in more than 35 countries across Europe, the Asia Pacific region and the Americas. John Tait, Managing Director of TNS’ FinTech Solutions business across the Asia Pacific region, said: “We are delighted to be making 4G roaming coverage readily available for POS terminals. The ongoing shutdown of 2G and 3G networks is being compounded by a reduction in 3G network capacity as spectrum......

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March 13, 2018


P.I. Works Centralized SON is Selected by Telefónica UK to Enable Fully Automated Mobile Network Operations

(AETOS Wire) -- P.I. Works has been awarded a contract by Telefónica UK for the delivery, deployment and support of their award-winning uSON platform across its network.

P.I. Works uSON provides centralized self-configuration, self-optimization and self-healing capabilities, including inter-vendor and IRAT support, along with an integrated Performance Management solution. uSON’s real time and"...

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March 13, 2018


Kymeta Provided High-Speed Mobile Internet Access to Puerto Rico During Recovery Efforts

(AETOS Wire) -- Kymeta—the communications company making good on the promise of global, mobile connectivity—partnered with Intelsat and Liberty Puerto Rico to reconnect communities across Puerto Rico when communications and power were severed by Hurricane Maria. Three Kymeta-enabled vehicles joined a disaster relief caravan that crisscrossed the island of Puerto Rico from October through December 2017*. The vehicles were equipped with Kymeta KyWay™ flat panel, beam-forming, electronically-steered satellite terminals. Despite the lack of any electrical power or cellular service, the low power-consuming terminals provided internet access using the vehicles to power the communications system. “The tour provided communication capabilities for disaster relief efforts and brought high-speed connectivity to communities that were without power or communications for weeks,”......

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